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Friday, June 20, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Officially, Jim Tressel doesn't begin his term as the ninth president of Youngstown State University until July 1. Unofficially, he has been on the job since the board of trustees chose him May 12. Friday, with interim President Ikram Khawaja using his remaining vacation days until his contract expires, Tressel moved into the president’s office in Tod Hall as acting president, giving himself a 10-day head start. He is serving those 10 days without pay. “From the time I was named, I spent every...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- As of 9:30 this morning, about 80 people -- some standing, some relaxing in lawn chairs – were waiting outside the Covelli Centre hoping to snag tickets to one of the biggest shows ever held at the arena. Ticket sales for rock superstar Rod Stewart's August 24 appearance here went on sale at 10 a.m., but a few showed up early so they could grab the best seats in the house. "I've been here since 5 a.m.," said Shirley Mayti of Austintown, who along with three of her friends camped just outside...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore POLAND, Ohio -- The newly formed Poland Village Business Association will host its inaugural event, a business walking tour, June 28 during Celebrate Poland. The group will set up a booth and the tour runs from Village Hall to Town One Square. Jack Kravitz, owner of Kravitz Delicatessen and a founding member of the association, said that the event was created to showcase what Poland businesses have to offer. “There had to be something we could do to bring interest and recognition to the village,” Kravitz said. The...

Friday, June 20, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Recipients of the 2014-15 Judge Sidney Rigelhaupt and Attorney Bert Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Scholarship were honored at a Thursdayin Williamson Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University. The scholarships, funded by a $1 million trust held by the Farmers Trust Co., are intended to help YSU students from Mahoning and Trumbull counties who plan to attend law school after earning their undergraduate degrees from YSU. More than 60 students have benefitted from the scholarship since its inception in 2007. In that time, nearly $350,000 has been...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A video production company whose client list includes Google and Pepsi along with several familiar local clients will relocate to 20 Federal Place Sept. 1. Cinemanix Productions will lease the seventh-floor space previously occupied by Phar-Mor Productions, the video production arm of the defunct Phar-Mor Inc., and more recently Accent Media. The Board of Control approved a two-year lease for the 2,535-square-foot space at its meeting Thursday morning. The company’s current space in Howland “...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Kevin Bachhuber unzips the vinyl panel of a large square tent and peels back the insulated fabric that reveals a Mylar-laced chamber. Inside are some really noisy inhabitants. These inhabitants are in plastic storage bins – the same ones you buy at any discount store – whose lids have been partially cut open and screened. As you look inside the bins, their contents wiggle, jump, crawl and, yes, chirp. Welcome to Big Cricket Farms, the first indoor farm in the country designed to breed crickets...

Friday, June 20, 2014

PITTSBURGH – PNC Bank has begun offering merchants a mobile reader service through Pogo, a point-of-sale system that connects to a personal technology device such as a smartphone, supported by Apple iOS or Android operating systems. The bank announced the new product Thursday. Access to funds occurs as soon as the next day when a merchant connects with his PNC account to Pogo from PNC Bank, according to the announcement. Other features of the mobile reader service, the bank says, are: Custom checkouts by uploading pictures, adding descriptions of the items for sale...

Friday, June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown urged Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to take measures to protect U.S. businesses and workers from unfair trade practices during a meeting with the cabinet officer Thursday. According to information provided by the Ohio Democrat's press office, Brown specifically called on the Commerce Department to impose antidumping duties and countervailing duties on countries that unfairly dump their steel in the U.S. market; work toward eliminating an oversupply of steel in the international market; and address currency manipulators like...

Friday, June 20, 2014

CANTON, Ohio -- Revenue from the planned spin-off of TimkenSteel is expected to increase by 20% to 25% for full year 2014 compared to The Timken Co.'s Steel Segment's 2013 revenue, driven by strong demand in the energy and industrial sectors. Growth at TimkenSteel is expected to come from product innovation, expanding markets, organic investments and potential acquisitions, members of the executive management team said at an investor meeting yesterday. TimkenSteel focuses on special bar quality steel and seamless mechanical tubing -- high-end alloy steel designed for...

Friday, June 20, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is sponsoring Greater Warren “Safe, Clean & Green” Expo on June 24. The event will take place at The Raymond John Wean Foundation here, and residents, government officials, students and business owners are invited to attend. The adoption of the Warren's Comprehensive Plan in 2009 encouraged the city to identify and incorporate green, sustainable methods, practices, and initiatives into future planning and redevelopment opportunities, said Lisa Ramsey, partnership development director. TNP, a nonprofit community...

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